CRPD: 13-year-old charged in fatal shooting of 13-year-old girl

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids police say a 13 year old is charged with involuntary manslaughter, among other charges, after police say he shot and killed a 13 year old girl.

Police did not release the juvenile's name, but said the boy is also charged with carrying weapons and interference with official acts.

Police say he shot and killed 13 year old Ireshia Parks Tuesday morning. Police believe this is an unintentional shooting.

Officers responded to the 800 block of 15th Street SE. Witnesses told police three youth ran away. Using K9 units, police found two juveniles in the 1500 block of Bever Avenue SE, and a third in the 1500 block of Washington Avenue SE.

First responders took Parks to Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy is pending at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.

Two others are charged in this case.

A 15 year old male is charged with interference with official acts. 18 year old Dquon Morrow, from Cedar Rapids, is also charged with interference with official acts.

New laws in Iowa prevent us from knowing the names of the juveniles charged in this case.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman wants to remind parents it's illegal for kids under 18 to have any firearms.

Jerman also says he's concerned with the growing gun violence in Cedar Rapids, particularly among teenagers.

"Not only as a police chief but as a parent myself. I can't imagine the pain and the grief parents are going through, losing a child in such a senseless and preventable way," he said.